FindFoodBanksBrum Website

FindFoodBanksBrum: Find food banks and other help in Birmingham

FindFoodBanksBrum (FFBB) was initially set up to provide an interactive online listing service for food banks situated in Birmingham and the wider Black Country regions, formally launched in July 2013.

As well as a directory listing, the website also provides news and information on issues related to food banks, other charitable services and national developments on food and economy.

Other features include:

  • Privacy advice and tips to help visitors remain anonymous

  • Registered providers can contact FFBB to add any listings

  • Visitors are welcome to submit news for publication on the website or in the FFBB e-newsletter

The Directory is always free at the point-of-access for providers and the public.

FindFoodBanksBrum has a responsive design, and can be used easily on desktops, tablets and mobile/smart phones.

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Birchfield Big Local – Online directory

Did you know about the Local Services Directory on the Birchfield Big Local website?

On the directory you can find local services on:

  • Local GP’s and other medical services

  • Centre’s for youth activities

  • Health & Wellbeing services

  • Parks & green spaces

  • Places of worship

  • Local stores

and much more …

The directory was recently updated, and will be added to over time.
If you know of a useful service that would be useful for Birchfield residents, please feel free to contact us!

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CommonUnity URBrum KeyFob

The keyring that saves lives

source: CommonUnity
originally published: 8 June 2016

The Waiting Room Resource Key and The Waiting Room Directory (TWR) housed within the Urbrum website is gathering momentum in respect of demand locally including the Charities sector, the Local Authority, Police, Probation, HMP Birmingham, West Midlands Fire Service, Jaguar Land-Rover, Educational establishments and the local NHS service providers.

Further interest has escalated across the West Midlands with many seeing the benefits of this virtual one stop shop for Health and Wellbeing services.

It’s helping to make a difference!
In less than 6 months the site had 10,000 hits with many visitors returning. The keyrings are proving to be a vital way for people to access local services when they need them.

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Find out more about ‘The Waiting Room’ directory >

New Homes

Home Group: health & social care housing providers

Home Group are a social enterprise and a charity with a turnover of over £350m and one of the UK’s largest providers of high quality housing and integrated housing, health and social care.

They believe that everyone has the right to a home and are helping thousands of people find the home that’s right for them whether that’s;

Home Group have been around for more than 80 years and are as proud to be a social enterprise and a charity with a commercial approach. It’s this spirit that means last year their turnover was £350 million and all their surplus was re-invested into the things that matter like repairs, improvements and building more homes.

They are proud of their past but what keeps them going is what they’re doing right now – making a difference to communities, shaping the future of housing and delivering new approaches to healthcare.

Bringing healthcare closer to home

Home Group have been working with NHS partners to provide integrated health, housing and social care that makes a real difference and relieves pressure on the NHS. In 2016/2017 they worked with over 26,000 vulnerable people through nearly 500 supported housing, justice and health services. Their work with NHS partners at the Home View service was recognised in the HSJ Partnership Awards 2018 shortlist.

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Concrete Collective Birchfield

Are you aged 15 – 20 and from the Birchfield area? Is there something about your community that you would like to change? Think you’ve got the creative flair to get others engaged?

If you would like to make a difference in your area, come along to this FREE event at Grosvenor Road Studios on 14th March.

Whether you want to record a rap, write a spoken word piece or film a short video, we’ll support you to get your voice heard.

Thanks to UpRising Birmingham & Birchfield Big Local you can join us for free on Saturday 14th March at Grosvenor Road Studios. You’ll get lunch and learn how to create powerful content plus skills in leadership, recording, social media, speeches and more!

Sign up now to join us at Grosvenor Road Studios on Saturday 14th March – then finish editing and show off your creations on Wednesday 18th March (6pm-8pm) and Tuesday 24th March (6pm-8pm).

To register for this event please go to: or contact Andrew or Suki on 0121 448 5594 / 07429 838 699  Email –

Success for Enterprise Awards 2014

We are delighted to announce that all three people that presented to the Enterprise Awards panel on Thursday 5th February have been recommended for awards through UnLtd’s  Star People Awards programme. The panel meeting was held at Grosvenor Road Studios and the panel members were Justice Williams MBE, Dorrette Hanson (Birchfield Big Local Partnership), and Paul Squires (UnLtd). All three social entrepreneurs greatly impressed the panel with their project ideas and two of the three are to be recommended for a Do It Award and one for a Try It Award. This will double the number of Star People Award recipients in Birchfield. Following the success of this first round of awards a second round is planned and details will be announced soon.

Birchfield Enterprise Awards

Are you a social entrepreneur?

Do you … want to create social change, and have an idea for how to do it; know Birchfield and the challenges and opportunities it faces; want to gain skills and experience for yourself; and need a small amount of money to get your idea off the ground?

Big Local Birchfield and our partner UnLtd are offering cash awards and support of £500 plus for social entrepreneurs with great ideas in the Birchfield Big Local area.

We are looking for individuals with new solutions and innovative approaches to improving the quality of life for local residents. These potential ventures will make some money and generate social benefits for the area.

How to apply

The Birchfield Enterprise Awards open for applications on 3rd December. If you want to apply for an award and you are over 16 years old then you are welcome to attend the Launch at Grosvenor Road Studios, 6 – 7pm, where you will receive further information about the award process and be able to register for an award application pack. (For those that cannot make 3rd December, we will be hosting a further drop in session at the Birchfield Enterprise Hub on 9th December, 10 – 12noon, at Grosvenor Road Studios.

Application forms will be available from 3rd December and the closing date for applications is 9th January 2015. Successful applicants will be asked to pitch their ideas to a Panel on 22nd January 2015.